‘Justice for Jason Walker’ Protestors Rally at NC Commissioners Meeting
In SummaryDemonstrators showed up to Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Meeting in North Carolina on Tuesday with continued calls for justice in the death of Jason Walker.
WARNING: This story contains discussions of a shooting involving a police officer.
It’s been almost two weeks since Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office officer Jeffrey Hash shot and killed Jason Walker, a Black man, in Fayetteville, North Carolina—and protesters aren’t letting up.
The Fayetteville Observer reported about 15 demonstrators gathered outside of the Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday during a county commissioners board meeting to demand justice for Walker and discuss efforts to raise awareness about his death.
There were also continued calls for transparency and accountability from local law enforcement.
Hash was off duty on January 8 when “an adult male ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle” just before “the driver of the vehicle shot the male subject and notified 911.”
Walker, who identified as the victim, was apparently only a few steps from his home when he was killed.
Since the day after Walker’s death, protests and marches have taken place in Fayetteville, with people demanding justice and explanations as to who was to blame.
“We have reason to believe that this was a case of ‘shoot first, ask later,’ a philosophy seen all too often within law enforcement,” Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Walker’s family, said.
During the commissioners meeting, about 10 demonstrators entered and stood silently on the wall holding “Justice for Jason Walker” signs at the request of Shaun McMillan, co-founder of the local group Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce. The rest of the group remained outside, chanting Walker’s name.
“This is America. I think that anytime somebody is unsatisfied with something and want to protest about it, it’s their given right to do it,” said Commissioner Chris Evans, per the Fayetteville Observer. “I encourage it, I encourage them to be peaceful, and I am totally in (agreement) with accepting them.”
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